Q&A With A Graduate: Potlotek's Gideon Doucette

Over the next few months we'll be sitting down with 2014 Grade 12 graduates from MK schools across the province and getting to know what they loved about most about learning in their community, what they learned on their journey to a high school diploma, and their future plans and aspirations.

This month, meet Gideon Doucette.

What is your name, age, school, and what community are you from?

My name is Gideon Isaiah Doucette and I am 18 years of age. I live in Potlotek and I am attending Potlotek High School.

What clubs, teams, or groups are you involved in at school, and after-school?

I am on the student council at Potlotek High School. I am also a Chief Warrant Officer with 2842 L'Ardoise Legion Engineering army cadets. 

I’m a drummer and I teach some of the children at the Mi'kmawey School here in Potlotek. I am also a Firefighter with the Potlotek Volunteer Fire Department. 

What’s your favourite subject in school?

My favorite subject has to be Art 12. In art we can be free and can draw what we like in a comfortable environment. 

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

If I could go anywhere in the world I would like to go down to the United States. I would visit family members there and go do my own little thing. 

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I do my homework and play video games like any other teenager.

What are your plans for when you graduate, and why? What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?

I think I will either join the military or become a RCMP officer so I can travel. I would like to be one of the two so I can help people that need the help. But, I don't see myself in ten years just yet!

If you could be anything at all, what would you be? 

“If I could be anything at all, I would be a great role model to the youth.”

Do you have a role model? If so, who? And why?

My role models are my parents because they have always told me, "Kwis, don't give up on yourself. Be what you want to be." 

And I am - I am signing up for the military. It’s what I wanted to do since I was young.  

What is your best memory from your high school years?

“Actually, my best memory from my high school years has to be failing Grade Nine. 

Ever since I failed Grade Nine, I have learned not to mess up in school anymore. 

Now I’m graduating from high school because I learned from my mistake.” 

What is the best thing about your school?

The best thing about my school is that it's right here on the reserve. 

Also, I like that our hours are 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm, unlike other schools that run between 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. It helps students that aren't morning people because they’re already awake by time they come to school and they’re energized to learn what the teachers are going teaching. 

Who has made an impact on you?

The person who has impacted me while attending this school has to be my teacher Roland McCarthy. He always gets after us for getting our homework done and to study for exams. 

Is there something you'd like to see in your school or community that isn't there now? 

I would like to see Potlotek High School get their own building. We are currently using two buildings for our classes. I think it would be easier on the students, especially in the winter time and during the rain, so they don't have to walk out in the cold or get wet going between the two buildings. 

Words of advice, a personal favourite quote, or a thank-you?

Don't give up on your dreams. 

Pay attention in school so you can get an education to get a job in this world. 

I messed up in grade nine, and I learned from it. 

If the work is tricky, ask for extra help. Anybody can do it if they put their mind into it. 

I have quite a few people to thank. First, I would like to thank all my teachers that have taught me in school - especially Camilla Currie. Camilla taught me in grades 4-6 and she has never given up on me or my classmates. Camilla wasn't just a teacher to me, she was like a mother to me, and she still is.  

Thanks, Gideon! Best of luck in the future!